Be A Youth Advocate For Mental Health By Making A Film!

The Mental Health Film Festival Short Film Youth Competition is back for its fourth year! By harnessing this powerful medium, we want to continue creating more avenues for our youth filmmakers to advocate for mental health/dementia issues.

Awards & Prizes

Youth Showcase Category

  • BEST OVERALL FILM Trophy and S$1,000

In-kind prize from Infinite Studios:
A Post-Production Editing package worth $3000
plus an industry attachment with Infinite Studios

  • BEST IMPACT FILM Trophy and S$500
  • SPECIAL YOUTH MENTION Trophy and S$500 (sponsored by Infinite Studios)

Open Competition Category

  • BEST OVERALL FILM Trophy and S$2,500

In-kind prize from Infinite Studios:
a Post-Production Editing package worth $3000 plus an industry attachment with Infinite Studios

  • BEST IMPACT FILM Trophy and S$1,000
  • SPECIAL YOUTH MENTION Trophy and S$500

Rules & Terms

  1. Be between the ages of 15 — 35 years old
  2. Be a resident of Singapore at time of submission
  3. Your short film should be relevant to at least one of the themes for this year’s competition:
    • Resilience and Recovery
    • Suicide Prevention
    • Workplace mental health
    • Coping through Creative expressions
  4. The maximum length of short films should be no longer than 15 mins (including opening and closing credits)
  1. Submit in either the ‘Youth Showcase’ or ‘Open Competition’ Category
  2. Early Submissions by 7 July 2023, FInal Submissions by 31 July 2023

Please refer to the full Terms and Conditions here:

Submissions Closed


Nicholas Lee
Nicholas Lee
Executive Director, Resilience Collective (RC)

As the Executive Director of Resilience Collective (RC), Nicholas is a strong believer that building a vibrant and inclusive community for peers to be supported on their mental health recovery journeys is key for success. Having spent much of his time and career working with youths, he continues to walk along life’s journeys with them today. Bringing this strong similar desire to grow the RC community, he wants to do more to remove mental health stigma while encouraging others to seek help and find support. A peer in recovery himself, Nicholas is passionate about creating a safe space for youths to thrive in recovery and resilience. He possesses a Bachelor of Science (Real Estate) degree from NUS and a Masters of Science (International Political Economy) from NTU.
“Films are a powerful medium to communicate positive narratives through meaningful storytelling. I hope that the entries will showcase how young adults can support one another in mental health recovery and build resilience together.”

Lim Yen
Lim Yen
Senior Editor, Infinite Frameworks

Lim Yen is a well-rounded storyteller with more than 7 years of experience in editing commercial, branded content, television and film productions.

Currently a senior editor at Infinite Frameworks, her notable works include critically acclaimed HBO anthology series “Invisible Stories”, HBO’s “Food Affair w Mark Wiens”, a yet to be release series by Akanga Film Asia for CJENM titled “Deep End”, #SGGreenPlan commercial for MSE Singapore, 2021 National Day music video “The Road Ahead”, and Viddsee’s first long form series “我 A.I. 你” (A.I. Love K-Drama).

Speaking about mental health is not easy, and is still sometimes considered a taboo topic. Through this mental health film festival and meeting youths who are keen to have their voices heard, we hope these concerns can be discussed more openly and without discrimination. We can’t wait to watch the short films made by participating youths that will hopefully shine a bigger light on mental health and bring our community closer together on this!

Colyn Chua
Colyn Chua
Head, Jardines MINDSET

Ms Colyn Chua carries with her over a decade of experience in the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) sector. She joined Jardines MINDSET, the Jardine Matheson Group’s CSR programme and registered mental health charity, in 2012 and as the Head of MINDSET, she oversees the organisation and its employee volunteer programme. She practiced as a Medical Social Worker prior to joining MINDSET and recently obtained a Master in Business Administration in pursuit of her passion in the business sector.

Being a strong believer and advocate of social betterment, Colyn feels that everyone should try to be empathetic and put their better foot forward as an easy step to elevate the community. She also believes that more can be done in the areas of mental health and corporate purpose especially in raising awareness, community inclusivity and acceptance, and sustainability. By actively engaging mental health organisations and sharing views and knowledge, she hopes to see a growing number of like-minded advocates in Singapore’s mental health ecosystem.

Dr Jade Kua
Dr Jade Kua
Board Member, Mental Health Film Festival Singapore (MHFFS)

Jade is a qualified professional coach and is also a Visiting Consultant in the Department of Emergency Medicine at KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital, an Adjunct Assistant Professor at both the Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School Singapore and YLLSoM at the National University of Singapore. She is also a Consultant for the Hospital Services Division at the Ministry of Health.

Dr. Kua is also a past President of the Association of Women Doctors (Singapore) and is a champion for the DARE (Dispatcher-Assisted first REsponder) Programme, which aims to help bystanders gain the knowledge and confidence to save lives by learning to dial 995, stay on the line with the medical dispatcher, perform CPR as directed, and use an AED with voice prompts.

Alex Yeo
Alex Yeo
Community Relations and Operation Manager, Caring For Life (CFL)

As one of CFL’s founding members, Alex is currently the operations and community relation manager in Caring for Life. A passionate Youth Mental Health Advocate since August 2015, he is driven to explore different solutions to support and empower persons with mental health issues to regain their dignity in life. His knowledge of the mental health sector and nonprofit organizations arose from his involvement in the governmental mental health team (NCSS); as a co-founder of a mental health service directory (Mental Connect) and his current involvement in a new non-profit startup (Caring For Life) in suicide prevention work.

Tan Bee Thiam
Tan Bee Thiam
Film Producer

Tan Bee Thiam directed Tiong Bahru Social Club (2020) and co-directed Fundamentally Happy (2015). An alumnus of Berlinale Talents and Rotterdam Lab, he produced Revenge of the Pontianak (2019), Demons (2018), Snakeskin (2015), 03-FLATS (2014), As You Were (2014), Eclipses (2013), Red Dragonflies (2010), In the House of Straw (2009) and White Days (2009).

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